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Irish athletic reporter Malone narrates tale of bold squat quarrelsome Professor Challenger seeking remote Amazonian plateau where “the ordinary laws of Nature are suspended” with prehistoric creatures and ape-men. Other armed British whites are spare skeptic Professor Summerlee, and ginger dead-shot Lord John, supported by colored bearers.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 14th 2003 by Modern Library (first published 1912)
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Move aside, Sherlock…Sir Arthur has conjured a protagonist who's an even more arrogant assbag than you.

Everyone...the intrepid, the indefatigable, the insufferable Professor G.E. Challenger

If, like me, you enjoy characters that are gruff, prideful curmudgeonly sorts, than you will have fun with this guy. He is a serious hoot. Trust me.

Physically, Prof. Challenger is a funhouse mirror reflection of Mr. Holmes. Instead of a tall, lanky, clean-shaven gentlemen who calmly condescends to the world
Jason Koivu
Apr 12, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Who doesn't wish dinosaurs weren't still around? Well, maybe not the big bitey ones, but how cool would that be?! Hell, I'd even take the huge, face-ripping ones too if it were an all-or-nothing deal. I figure a little survival of the fittest would do this world good.

Since that's not likely to happen during my lifetime, I'll console myself with movies and books. The Lost World is a good place to be for those of us looking to get lost in a dino world.

This is a forerunner of the what-if history
Kwesi 章英狮
I don't like to end the book so soon, I really love this book although I expected something gorier like dinosaur killing the whole tribe or cannibals eat human flesh. Still, I did love this book in many ways and as long as I live I'll treasure this book forever. Hey, stop looking to me like that. I can still remember all the things I read from the book. Amen.

The whole journey started when a Gazette Irish journalist named, Malone, went go straight to the house of notorious Professor Challenged cl
Jun 21, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
“He would be a harder, sterner man, not so ready to adapt himself to a silly girl's whim. But, above all, he must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences. It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories he had won; for they would be reflected upon me. Think of Richard Burton!”

What? Oh this Richard Burton! I don’t want to post a photo of the explorer Burton (too many pics in this revi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Sep 13, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of lost world/quest adventures
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Nicolle as a Buddy Read
The Lost World is a classic work of action/adventure that has a lively feel that made for a very fun read. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories, has a way of writing an engaging tale. For readers who fear reading books published prior to the later 20th century out of the desire to avoid dry, stale language, I would offer up this book. Although it shows the sentiments, good and bad, for the period in which it was written, the writing tone could easily be as modern as ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Werner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented science fiction
Note, March2, 2016: I've just edited this review to correct a misspelled word.

Like one of my Goodreads friends, I should say at the outset that my review can't add much to the excellent one already written by another friend, Lady Danielle ( ). But I'll go ahead and share my perspective anyway, for what it's worth. While I did like the book, my rating for it wasn't quite as high as most of my friends gave it (for reasons I'll indicate below). But it's a goo
Jul 02, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: plesiosaurs and pterodactyls
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: by an esteemed historic pedigree

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle is the literary equivalent of the plucky and elegant Caudipteryx when placed next to the stomping roaring Tyrannosaurus that represents the Hollywood mega block busters of Jurassic Park and the Lost World. If it doesn't zip along fast enough it might get squashed. But it does zip along quite speedily and has all the pre-requisites needed for a boys-own adventure story.

Specifically boys-own, because there are no ladie
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
"Just 'cause the Postman ain't been bit lately don't mean the dog forgot how to bite." (B.E.Anthony)

In other words, "just because the book is old, doesn't mean it's not a good read." (Me)

In fact, I'll go a step further and point out that victorian and early 20th century writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arthur Conan Doyle were able to do what famed writers like Micheal Crieghton struggled to do, that is overlay a science based fantasy world atop the mundane and theoretically understandab
Aug 29, 2011 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As much as I adore the Sherlock Holmes stories it always saddens me that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s other fiction often gets overlooked. He wrote superb historical novels, some great horror short stories (including the one the movie The Mummy was based on, tales of adventure on the high seas and just about every other genre you can think of. And he wrote science fiction. Like The Lost World.

This short novel is not quite my favourite Conan Doyle science fict
J.G. Keely
One of the most pleasant aspects about reading adventures like those of Doyle, Wells, Kipling, and Haggard is the particular presence of the characters, their little joys and quarrels and concerns. There's this humorous self-awareness throughout the story that makes the whole thing read as if its being told, given over to the reader in a particular voice.

Certainly, this can be carried too far and made condescending, as with C.S. Lewis, but it goes to show what a winking authorial presence can l
Sep 04, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard to think of another long departed author, whose name is so well known to the general public, who would be so disappointed by his reputation. Conan Doyle of course saw himself as a great historical novelist, in his dreams that’s how he would have liked to have been remembered (probably he’d also have liked to be known for his spiritual writings). Instead he has an albatross smoking a pipe hung around his neck, in the form of Sherlock Holmes.

Of course after Holmes (as Mike states so corr
Nina Rapsodia
Jan 15, 2016 Nina Rapsodia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
¡Primer libro leído del año 2016! Muchos conocen a este autor por Sherlock Homes. En mi caso este libro llevaba más de dos años esperando ser leído y ya era hora. Divertido es leer una novelita corta de un autor tan conocido como (no olvidemos el reconocimiento) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, tan alejada de lo que yo creía que escribía en general. Y ha sido muy interesante.

Un excéntrico profesor de zoología llamado George Challenger ha regresado recientemente de su viaje al Amazonas y está provocando r
En ‘El Mundo Perdido’, Arthur Conan Doyle se aleja del género detectivesco para ofrecernos todo un clásico de la literatura de aventuras, en un viaje fantástico a la Tierra de Maple White, en el misterioso Amazonas. El narrador es el periodista Edward Malone, que para demostrar su amor a una joven dama, decide emprender una gran aventura a la menor oportunidad. Será entonces cuando su periódico le encomiende la tarea de entrevistarse con cierto profesor Challenger para saber si lo que aduce sobr ...more
What a wonderful novel! This was part of a children's classics set that I've had for years, and I felt something adventure-like, especially after The Thirty-Nine Steps. And it definitely fulfilled my adventure urge!

Very much like Jules Vernes' novels, The Lost World details the exploration of a hidden area in the South American jungle, where somehow the prehistoric dinosaurs and reptiles have survived. Narrated by the journalist Ed Malone, it is honestly a wonderful read

I was sitting at the edge
Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" focuses on a story about an expedition in the South American Rainforest, leading its four protagonists on a plateau which seems to surround a world believed to be long-gone. Confronted with dinosaurs like pterodactyls, iguanodons or stegosaurus, our main characters have to solve many difficult or even dramatic situations, and it's one enjoyable thing to read it.

"The Lost World" is written from the perspective of Edward Malone - at first as part of a recollec
Jim Peterson
Sep 22, 2014 Jim Peterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, classics, fantasy
I had never read anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I didn’t want to start with his most popular work (Sherlock Holmes). The concept of a lost world discovered at a point in history when the world was not yet completely mapped out and labeled appealed to me. The Lost World was strangely appealing so I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg.

This book had so many things going against it. One of the main characters was a real bastard. Professor Challenger is a big, conceited ape of man that will
Nov 13, 2016 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lorsignori, volete vedere un vero dinosauro?

Conosciuto più per il personaggio - giustamente famoso - di Sherlock Holmes, Doyle si è comunque distinto nel genere avventura grazie alla felice intuizione di riportare in auge i dinosauri.
"Il mondo perduto", forte di questa trovata, intrattiene ed affascina sfruttando la componente misteriosa che si svela progressivamente, oltre ovviamente a beneficiare di quella verve avventurosa intrinseca alla penna di Doyle.
L'apprezzabile humour inglese è la cl
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
অনেকদিন পর একটা এডভেঞচার পড়ে সতযি সতযি একসাইটেড বোধ করছি। আফসোস যে ভারসনটা পড়েছি সেটা ছিল সংকষিপত এবং বাচচাদের ভাষা শিকষা দেবার উপযোগী একটা ভারসন। যদিও টেকসট এডাপটেশন এবং ইলাসটরেশনের কাজ একেবারে নিপুণ, তবুও এইভাবে একটা কোয়ালিটি কলাসিক এডভেঞচারের মুল ভারসন থেকে নিজে বঞচিত করা খুবই দুঃখজনক একটা বযাপার। [মাথায় হাত দিয়ে বসে পড়ার ইমোটিকন।] ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Cheryl rated it liked it
Fun adventure story about exploring a hidden South American "lost world", where dinosaurs still live. This book has some great characters, too, especially Professor Challenger.
Athena Shardbearer
Eh, it was ok....a little dry but good.
This was a no-brainer for me. Dinosaurs! In the Amazon! I was completely on board for a classic adventure, and that's exactly what I got. The standout feature here, dinosaurs aside, are the adventurers themselves. There's the standard "great white hunter" character, the most likeable of the bunch, and the journalist Malone, who narrates. Malone is, in some respects, the typical plucky hero in over his head, but he's rather less dim than some I've encountered. The real stars are the two scientist ...more
Amy Sturgis
There's dinosaurs in them hills - er, that plateau!

This is the first of Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger works (first published in 1912). Challenger is quite a personality, as are the three companions who join him on an expedition to verify his previous discovery of a "lost world" inhabited by prehistoric dinosaurs (and, as they learn, ape-men and natives) hidden in the South American jungle. Doyle's full enthusiasm and wit are brought to bear on both the science fiction and adventure i
When professor Challenger claims he has discovered a plateau in the Amazon, upon which there are extinct animals from the jurassic era, he is met with critique and ridicule. So he decides to prove his point and explore the area again, this time with another scientist, Professor Summerlee, an adventurer, Lord John Roxton, and a reporter with an urge to do something heroic to win his beloved Gladys, Edward Malone, the narrator of the story. When finally managing to find a way to get onto the plate ...more
An Odd1
Feb 01, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy free
Re-read. Above cliffs, an inaccessible plateau deep in the Amazon jungle, four Englishmen seek the truth of a dinosaur sketched by a dead American, Maple White. The woman is a faithless flibberdygibbet who rejects our young narrator's proposal, demanding heroism. Negro waits like a faithful dog with a rescue party, yet shares no rewards.

Despited dated inequities wherein appearance of ape-man versus red Indian dictates intelligence quality, the ripping yar
Jan 05, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" is a classic adventure story first published in 1912. It is the story of a scientific expedition that is sent to determine if the reported findings of prehistoric life still existing in a remote area of South America are true. Professor Challenger is the one defending his findings, Professor Summerlee is the skeptic, and there are two unbiased observers: the guide, Lord John Roxton, and a reporter Ned Malone, who also servers as the Narrator of the story ...more
Jun 03, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah every time I read a a book such as this, it transports me to my childhood. Here Doyle writes a fine tale which evokes a cross between Verne and HR Haggard.
I'm sure many have seen the various movies filmed from this work, while close the story is always a bit different.
In any event a quick read and fine adventure story, although today a bit hard to hold up from the fantastic points of an undiscovered plateau, with Google Earth and all that, LOL.
Bryan Alexander
Jun 22, 2015 Bryan Alexander rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
I read The Lost World when I was a kid, I think. The story is very familiar. Maybe I read part of it, or an abridgement, or a comic version. Or I'm confusing it with the many imitations, like Edgar Rice Burroughs' Land That Time Forgot (1918, a mere 6 years after Doyle's novel). Whatever my first encounter, my reread last week was a lot of fun.

The Lost World almost crackles with manic energy. The basic idea, finding a lost dinosaur land, would have been enough for any novelist. But Doyle adds a
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 29, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
I preferred Challenger to Holmes and dug up all the Challenger stories when I was younger. I agree with the "blurb" forget the newer story by this name and read this one. Great "high adventure" you don't seem to see anymore.

Be aware that this is an older book and like others of its era it is NOT PC. There are words used in the text that were acceptable then and are not acceptable now. If you are aware of this and can read the book without it bothering you then you'll find that the book is well w
Aug 25, 2014 Christopher rated it really liked it
It's a classic tale of adventure and discovery that goes something like this:

I'm a journalist and my girlfriend doesn't want to marry me because apparently I'm not adventurous enough. So I decided to join an expedition with the narcissistic and venomous Professor Challenger to the Amazonian rain forest so that he can prove his (universally dismissed) discovery of a lost world of dinosaurs and so that I can prove my manhood to my beloved.

So we go, along with a couple other adventurers. Holy cow,
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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